A few folks used a 243 Winchester (the smallest caliber that was legal for deer hunting in Kentucky at that time), a couple of fellows that I knew used a 270 Winchester, and one guy used a 280 Remington.
What is the smallest caliber you can hunt deer with in Texas?
22-250 or a . 223 would be the smallest caliber I’d recommend. IIRC TPWD says you can use any centerfire cartridge.
What caliber has killed the most deer?
The round that has killed the most deer in the US is . 30 calibre…. Namely in 30–30 but pretty much closely followed buy . 30–06 and people just like roughly 7.62 rounds overall for deer.
Why is .223 so deadly?
It explained that one reason for the AR-15’s killing power is that its bullets were designed not to pass straight through an object but to “tumble” when they hit, destroying flesh along the way and leaving a large exit wound on departure. Readers write in, pro and con.
Is 223 or 556 better for deer hunting?
223 round is too light for big game like deer and hogs. It doesn’t have enough terminal energy, and the small-caliber bullets don’t expand enough. Great for coyotes, bad for deer. … 223/5.56mm NATO round was widely used in AR-style rifles for years, killing all sorts of coyotes and varmints.
Will a 22 stop an intruder?
Yes. In fact the 22LR has a very good track record for stopping intruders. The 22LR can be used as a home defense weapon with appropriate ammo. Remember: Studies show that it usually takes two good hits to stop a fight.
Why is it illegal to hunt with a 22?
22LR has not been legal in any of those states. It does not have enough muzzle energy to ensure a clean kill. Poachers, who hunt deer at night and spotlight them will use . 22’s, mainly because it makes less noise.